Radio Bingo - California Wild Ales

Radio Bingo Night

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Get ready for a night of laughs

Join Us for a Thrilling Night of Radio Bingo, Hosted by Local Comedian Matt Stanton

Are you ready for a night of excitement, music, and prizes? Mark your calendars for this upcoming Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00 p.m. because we’ve got an event that you won’t want to miss! California Wild Ales in Ocean Beach is proud to present a live Radio Bingo extravaganza, and we’re inviting you to join us for an unforgettable evening hosted by the hilarious local OBcean and comedian Matt Stanton.

What is Radio Bingo?

Radio Bingo is a unique fusion of two beloved pastimes: Name that Tune and Bingo. It’s a game that promises an evening filled with fun, music, and surprises. Whether you’re a bingo enthusiast or a music lover, this event has something for everyone. Here’s what you can expect:

When and Where?

📅 Date: Tuesday, September 26th

🕖 Time: 7:00 PM

📍 Location: California Wild Ales, Ocean Beach


What’s in Store for You?

  1. Eight Thrilling Rounds: Get ready for eight exciting rounds of Radio Bingo. Each round is a chance for you to test your musical knowledge and win fantastic prizes.
  2. Eight Chances to Win: In each round, you have not one, not two, but eight opportunities to mark off your Bingo card. With more chances to win, the excitement never stops.
  3. Fantastic Prizes: Speaking of winning, we’ve got some fantastic prizes lined up for you. From gift certificates to exclusive merchandise, there’s something special for every lucky winner.
  4. Name that Tune meets Bingo: Radio Bingo is not your average bingo game. It combines the joy of identifying tunes with the thrill of marking off numbers on your bingo card. It’s a unique and entertaining experience you won’t find anywhere else.
  5. Hosted by Matt Stanton: Prepare for an evening of laughter and entertainment as our hilarious local OBcean, Matt Stanton, takes the stage as your charismatic host. Matt’s comedic talent will add an extra layer of fun to an already exciting event.
  6. Surprises and Fun: We’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves to keep the evening entertaining and full of laughter. From quirky challenges to themed rounds, you’ll be in for a treat.

How to Join?

Participating in this exciting event is easy. Just mark your calendar for September 26th at 7:00 PM, gather your friends and family, and head to California Wild Ales in Ocean Beach. Purchase your Radio Bingo cards, grab a delicious brew from the brewery, and get ready for a night to remember.


The upcoming Radio Bingo event at California Wild Ales, hosted by the uproariously funny Matt Stanton, is more than just a game; it’s an experience. Whether you’re a seasoned bingo pro or someone looking for a night of musical fun, this event is perfect for all ages. We can’t wait to see you there, so bring your A-game and your sense of adventure. Let’s make this Tuesday night one for the books!

Remember, it’s happening on Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00 PM. Be there or be square! 🎉🍻🎵🤩🙌

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Grand Opening in Point Loma / Midway

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Grand Opening

In April, California Wild Ales’ owners revealed some big news. After a solid eight years at their Sorrento Valley headquarters, they decided to pack up and move over to Point Loma. There, they’d be sharing a space with Five Star Fish Processing.

This move was more than just changing addresses; it involved some serious renovations. They installed an oak foeder and got themselves all-new wine and spirit barrels to age their array of matured, often fruity sour, wild, and mixed-culture beers. Not to mention, they also built a tasting room so that beer enthusiasts could get their fix right at the source. And after four months of hard work, that tasting room is finally nearing completion and will be ready for a soft opening on Friday, September 8.

Co-owner Bill DeWitt explained, “The soft opening will allow us to fine-tune our operations while also building connections within the community before the grand opening. We’re enthusiastic about sharing our innovative brews and creating lasting memories for our patrons.”

Now, let’s talk about the aesthetics. This new 1,200-square-foot public venue is all about unique and creative interior design. You’ll find three-dimensional Lego sculptures by Mortarless Bricks, mirrors, and reclaimed wood from their Sorrento Valley location, giving a nod to the original tasting room.

But it’s not all about the beer. They’ve got some entertainment lined up for you too. There’s a small arcade with a four-player retro-style cabinet loaded with a whole bunch of games. They’ve also got three more video-game cabinets on order. If old-school gaming is your thing, they’ve got a collection of board and bar-top games too, from ring-toss to washers. And for the ultimate spectator experience, check out their massive 18-foot-by-10.5-foot movie screen.

Bill DeWitt couldn’t be more thrilled, saying, “This has got to be one of the largest screens outside of Petco Park. It’s downright massive, and I think once people see it, it will become a major draw for this location. We will be showing live sporting events—the Gulls, the Padres, NFL games, et cetera—as well as live-streaming concerts. Our new spot is going to be a fantastic place to catch live games, enjoy a craft beer, and soak up the atmosphere.”

Point Loma / Midway District

Now, let’s get to the good stuff—the beer. With 20 taps at your service, here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to sip on:

  • Warzone West Coast IPA
  • The Point West Coast IPA
  • Up the Hill Hazy IPA
  • Rainbow Weather Double Hazy IPA
  • Pesky Parrot Pale Ale
  • Bike Lane Lager
  • Dragon Fruit, Blueberry, Blackberry, and Raspberry Sour Ale
  • German Chocolate Cake Dark Sour
  • Oak Barrel-aged Saison (collaboration with OB Brewery)
  • Mead Barrel-aged Flanders-style Red Ale (collaboration with 13 Point Brewing)
  • Super Cuvée Brewer’s Blend
  • Buzzed Bee Sur Ale (collaboration with HBHL and Lost Cause Meadery)
  • Sour Quadrupel with Kakawa Cold-brew Coffee
  • Sour Meyer Lemon Radler
  • Peach Hard Seltzer

Unlike their Sorrento Valley location, this tasting room will also serve up some everyday grub thanks to their neighbors at The Last Typewriter. You can dig into gourmet burgers, fusion-style fried chicken, toasted sandwiches, and more, all ordered conveniently from a wall-mounted tablet.

General Manager Monica DeWitt sums it up, saying, “We’ve created an inviting and exciting space that’s designed for both beer enthusiasts and those looking for a unique, community-oriented experience.”

Co-owner Zack Brager adds, “There will be a bigger focus on events at this location. The space will allow us to be really creative; it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Get ready for a flurry of events, starting with the soft opening on September 8, followed by an industry-night launch on September 9, and the grand opening on September 15, complete with a golden sour ale aged on Cabernet Franc grapes and live music from Tecolote Canyon from 4 to 6 p.m.

After that, Mortarless Bricks will hold Bricks and Brews events twice a month, where you can design, build, and race your own creations. And for the entire month of October, California Wild Ales is turning into a horror movie haven and hosting live podcast recordings with industry colleague Kelly Cashman for her show, B Movie and a Beer.

As for their hours of operation, they’re taking it slow at first to get acquainted with their new neighborhood. Initially, you can swing by Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., with adjustments for concerts and sporting events at nearby Pechanga Arena.

So, mark your calendars and get ready to experience California Wild Ales in Point Loma, located at 3826 Sherman Street. It’s going to be a memorable journey, that’s for sure!


Phish Couch Tour

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Phish Summer Tour at CWA OB

Join us at our Ocean Beach tasting room to experience the exhilarating Phish Summer Tour! We invite you to be a part of the excitement as we live stream every show, guaranteeing a night filled with funky vibes and groovy melodies. Brace yourself for an unforgettable time, where we’ll dim the lights and crank up the volume to an electrifying 11, immersing ourselves in the sensational tunes of our beloved Vermont band.

Quench your thirst with our wide array of beverage options. On tap, we proudly offer 10 delectable Sour Beers, complemented by a diverse selection of other beers and fermented drinks. Fear not if sour beers aren’t yet your cup of tea, for we have a range of alternatives to cater to all palates. Choose from a refreshing West Coast IPA, a tantalizing Hazy IPA, a smooth Hazy IIPAPale Ale, a crisp Lager, a zesty Hard Seltzer, or an invigorating Hard Yerba Maté. Rest assured, we have something to satisfy every taste preference.

  • Jul 11 – 12 : Huntsville, AL
  • Jul 14 -16 : Alpharetta, GA
  • Jul 18 – 19 : Wilmington, NC
  • Jul 21 – 22 : Burgettstown, PA
  • Jul 23 – Syracuse, NY
  • Jul 25 – 26 : Philadelphia, PA
  • Jul 28 – Aug 5 : New York, NY
  • Aug 31- Sept 3 : Commerce City, CO

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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CWA Takes Home the Gold!

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CWA Takes Home the Gold!

California Wild Ales Takes the Crown at the 43rd Annual Chili Cookoff in Ocean Beach

The 43rd Annual Chili Cookoff in Ocean Beach recently concluded with a surprising twist, as California Wild Ales, a local brewery known for its experimental craft beers, emerged as the champion. The key to their victory was an outstanding chili recipe crafted by the talented Monica DeWitt, who had previously secured third place in last year’s competition. Let’s dive into the story behind California Wild Ales’ triumph and Monica DeWitt’s impressive culinary journey.

Monica DeWitt’s Journey to Success: Monica DeWitt, an enthusiastic chili enthusiast and flavor enthusiast, has been participating in the Ocean Beach Chili Cookoff for the past two years. Despite not being a professional chef, her passion for culinary creativity and dedication to perfecting her chili recipe earned her a well-deserved third-place finish last year. Her determination and commitment to refining her skills set the stage for her remarkable achievement this year.

We approached this year’s Chili Cookoff with a unique strategy. They sought to combine their exceptional craft beers, particularly our Bike Lane LAger, with Monica DeWitt’s award-winning chili recipe, creating a distinct fusion of flavors. This collaboration between the brewery and a passionate chili enthusiast set them apart from their competitors.

Monica DeWitt’s winning chili recipe, enhanced by the incorporation of California Wild Ales’ craft beers, captivated the judges and attendees alike. Her careful selection of spices and premium ingredients, combined with the addition of the brewery’s distinct flavors, resulted in a truly unforgettable culinary experience. The final dish showcased a perfect balance of heat, sweetness, and a subtle hint of hoppy bitterness, leaving a lasting impression on all who tasted it.

43rd Annual Chili Champs

The Ocean Beach community was thrilled by California Wild Ales’ victory at the 43rd Annual Chili Cookoff. The event, a beloved tradition that unites locals and visitors, witnessed an outpouring of support for the brewery and Monica DeWitt. The triumph served as a testament to the region’s culinary creativity and the spirit of collaboration.

The success of California Wild Ales and Monica DeWitt in the Chili Cookoff has opened new doors for both the brewery and chili enthusiasts alike. Their collaboration showcased the incredible potential of infusing craft beer into culinary creations, sparking inspiration for future experimentation. This recognition will ignite interest in their unique offerings and inspire others to explore innovative flavor combinations.

The 43rd Annual Chili Cookoff in Ocean Beach will be remembered for California Wild Ales’ victory and Monica DeWitt’s impressive culinary skills. Their exceptional chili recipe, enriched by the infusion of California Wild Ales’ craft beers, earned them the prestigious gold medal. This win symbolizes the triumph of passion, dedication, and the spirit of collaboration. As the Ocean Beach community continues to celebrate this remarkable achievement, it is clear that California Wild Ales and Monica DeWitt have made their mark on the local culinary scene, inspiring others to push the boundaries of flavor exploration.

TWO-YEAR-Anniversary California Wild Ales

Two Year Anniversary in Ocean Beach

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Two Year Anniversary

Celebrating Two Years of Flavor Exploration in Ocean Beach on May 27th

It’s been two incredible years since California Wild Ales opened its doors in the vibrant neighborhood of Ocean Beach, and the time has come to raise our glasses high in celebration. This milestone marks a journey of passion, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of crafting exceptional sour beers. As we reflect on our achievements, we invite you to join us in commemorating this momentous occasion.

Nestled amidst the stunning coastal scenery of Ocean Beach, California Wild Ales has become a hub for beer enthusiasts and flavor adventurers alike. Our tasting room has served as a gathering place for the community, a space where friends and strangers can connect over a shared love for unique and boundary-pushing brews.

To honor this special anniversary, we are proud to introduce a limited-edition beer, crafted exclusively for this occasion – the “Up the Hill” Double Hazy IPA. This brew showcases our commitment to pushing the boundaries of flavor and providing an unforgettable experience for our patrons. “Up the Hill” is a testament to our dedication to innovation, as we blend the bold and hop-forward characteristics of a Double IPA with the hazy and juicy qualities that have captivated beer enthusiasts worldwide.

This anniversary brew bursts with a harmonious blend of tropical fruits, dank hops, and a subtle malt backbone that balances the intense hop profile. With each sip, you’ll discover layers of pineapple, passionfruit, and citrus dancing alongside the aromatic notes of fresh pine and resin. The velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish will leave you craving another pour of this enchanting libation.

Special Beer Release for Event

While “Up the Hill” is the centerpiece of our celebration, we have a lineup of other captivating wild ales that showcase our signature style. From oak barrel-aged sours to fruit-infused experiments, each sip tells a unique story that represents our commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional brewing techniques.

Beyond just the brews, we are most proud of the warm and inviting atmosphere within our tasting room. The walls adorned with local artwork, the friendly and knowledgeable staff, and the communal tables all contribute to the sense of belonging that patrons experience when they walk through our doors. It is this sense of community that has been the driving force behind our success, and we are eternally grateful to the people who have supported us on this incredible journey.

As we raise our glasses to toast these two incredible years, we extend our deepest gratitude to our loyal customers, friends, and partners who have been instrumental in making California Wild Ales a beloved destination in the heart of Ocean Beach. Your passion and enthusiasm fuel our desire to continue crafting remarkable brews and exploring the uncharted territory of flavor.

Join us at California Wild Ales as we celebrate this remarkable milestone. Indulge in the unique and captivating flavors that have become synonymous with our name, and let us take you on a journey through the world of sour beers like no other. Together, we will raise our glasses to the past, revel in the present, and embrace the exciting future that lies ahead. Cheers to two years of California Wild Ales in Ocean Beach!

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May the Fourth Be With You – 2023

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May the Fourth Be With You!

On May the 4th, California Wild Ales will host a Star Wars-themed event, featuring a variety of craft beers with Star Wars-inspired names, including Darth Citrius, Chewboocha, Jabba the Hopp, and Juicy Jedi IPA.

This event will bring together fans of both Star Wars and craft beer in a festive and laid-back atmosphere, embodying the spirit of Ocean Beach. Attendees can enjoy the themed beers and decorations, as well as a costume contest and limited edition Star Wars-themed merch.

“We’re thrilled to be able to combine two of our passions, Star Wars and craft beer, into one event,” says co-founder Zack Brager. “It’s always exciting to see our customers get into the spirit of the day, whether it’s through their costumes or their choice of beer. We’re already looking forward to planning next year’s celebration.”

This year’s May the 4th celebration is expected to draw in Star Wars fans and beer lovers from all over the San Diego area.

“As a small, independent brewery, we’re always looking for ways to connect with our customers and create a sense of community,” says co-founder Bill DeWitt. “Events like these allow us to not only showcase our love for craft beer and Star Wars, but also to bring people together and create lasting memories. It’s what we love to do, and we can’t wait for the next opportunity to share our passion with our customers.”

If you miss out on the May the 4th celebration at California Wild Ales, make sure to follow us on social media or sign up for their newsletter to stay up-to-date on all their latest events and offerings. Whether you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan or simply a lover of great beer, California Wild Ales will be a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a unique and memorable experience.

May the force be with you, and we hope to see you at the next California Wild Ales event!

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SD Beer Week 202

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14th Annual SD Beer Week

San Diego County, California, has been called “the Craft Beer Capital of America”.  San Diego County is home to over 150 craft breweries – which is the most of any county in the United States.

So when San Diego does BEER WEEK… we go all out!

We know you have a ton of beer to choose from (predominantly IPAs) but we hope you make some time to sip on sours with your friends at California Wild Ales.

We are excited to be hosting SDBW at our Ocean Beach location!

Join us November 4-12 as we pack our taps with tons of new beers over the 9 days of SD Beer Week.

The lineup of Beer Releases

14 Mile Drive IPA – November 4

Grapes of Wrath – November 5

  • Nebbiolo Piquette, 5% ABV
  • San Genovese, 5% ABV
  • Zinfandel, 5% ABV
  • Cabernet Franc, 5% ABV
  • Sangria Blend, 5% ABV

Bourbon Peach Cobbler – November 6

Peach Cobbler Pastry Sour aged in freshly emptied Bourbon Barrels

Dark Sour and Saison Night – November 7

  • Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour, 11% ABV – Bourbon Barrl-Aged for 12 Months and then transferred into a Maple Bourbon Barrel
  • Diabolical Saison, 7.2% ABV – This farmhouse-style Saison has an ester spice taste and supreme dryness.

Tom Yum Sour and Soup Night – November 8

Join us for a delicious bowl of Soi OB’s Tom Yum Soup and wash it down with an ice-cold Tom Yum Sour.  CWA has joined forces with local Thai restaurant Soi OB to create a genuinely WILD collaboration. Introducing Tom Yum Sour, made with Thai chilies, Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and toasted coconut. 

Dark Sour and Saison Night – November 9

Hoppy Pale Ale Collaboration brew between CWA, Thorn Street Brewing, and Amplified Aleworks.  Beer release and RPS competition.

Ro Sham Bo Collab Brew – November 10

Hoppy Pale Ale Collaboration brew between CWA, Thorn Street Brewing, and Amplified Aleworks.  Beer release and RPS competition.

Cocktail Night – November 11

  • Blood Orange Margarita Wild Ale, 5% ABV
  • Mojito Wild Ale, 5% ABV

Michelada Flights – November 12

San Diego’s Best Michelada served 5 ways!

  • Bike Lane Lager served with a Lime Wedge
  • Salted Cucumber served with a Cucumber Slice
  • Pickle Rick served with a Pickle Slice
  • Blood Orange Margarita served with Orange Slice
  • Gose with a Tajin Rim

Who’s Ready to Get Funky?

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

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OB Oktoberfest Special Beer Release

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2oth Annual OB Oktoberfest

Ocean Beach, where Newport meets the beach, will host San Diego’s WILDEST Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 7 & Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.  

As part of the event, we are releasing four new fall-inspired wild ales to coincide with this neighborhood extravaganza, including a German Chocolate Cake Dark Sour, Sour Apple Pie, Liquid Pumpkin Pie, and SourKraut. We create these unique seasonal flavors only once a year, and this year we are bringing back some old flavors and introducing two new ones this Oktoberfest season.

Ocean Beach is a magical place that hosts a handful of neighborhood parties yearly; Oktoberfest is one of the biggest. There will be fantastic music, delicious food, and of course…beer! We hope these funky flavors will inspire craft beer lovers to don their lederhosen or dirndl dresses and join us in OB.

There will be a lot of activities in OB this weekend so make sure you do not miss out on these truly unique beers because we have a limited supply, and when they are gone, they are gone.


We always look forward to the OB neighborhood parties and want to make something unique this year. This event is a fun way to release some beers with familiar flavors that reflect the season and give people a taste of something new and different

Special Beer Release for Event

  • German Chocolate Cake Wild Ale: Dark sour aged in whiskey barrels for 12 months and rested on whole Madagascar vanilla bean, Saigon cinnamon, toasted coconut, candied pecans, and semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Sour Apple Pie: Golden sour aged in oak barrels for a year and rested in Cosmic Crisp apples, Saigon cinnamon, vanilla, allspice, clove, and other spices.
  • Liquid Pumpkin Pie: Golden sour aged in oak barrels for 12 months and rested brown sugar-roasted pumpkin and a bevy of spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and vanilla. 
  • SourKraut: This barrel-aged salty Gose-style beer features fresh red cabbage, caraway seed, Malden sea salt, and black peppercorns resulting in a pickle-like sour/salty combination perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest.

It’s okay if sour beer isn’t your thing; we have 16 beers on tap, including those that we created for Oktoberfest. 

This year’s OB Oktoberfest will feature plenty of action at California Wild Ales, located at 4896 Newport Avenue. There are a lot of activities in OB this weekend, but make sure you do not miss out on these truly unique beers. California Wild Ales creates these beers once a year, and when they are gone, they are gone.

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Double Bottle Release

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Small Batch Release

Bottling up a wild-fermented beer is a remarkable thing. Still teeming with live yeast and bacteria, it will continue to evolve. When the pandemic hit, packaged beer was the name of the game. We started bottling everything to make sure we could get as much beer to our fans as possible. We have decided to be far more selective with what we put into bottles now that the pandemic. These selections will be minimal, some as low as only 30 bottles.

The highlight of this sale is the Raspberry Passion, a beer we thought so highly of we entered it into the World Beer Cup competition. Every year we get fresh passion fruit donated by the locals of ocean beach. This year’s batch was spectacular, exploding with the unique tropical flavor. There was enough of it, so pull just 30 gallons aside to play with, then it was a matter of finding the right fruit to pair. After some discussion, we settled on raspberries, and we could not be happier with the result. This beer explodes with a unique blend of tropical notes and bright berry flavor with just the perfect amount of acidity, a sweet tart in a bottle.

Only about 20 bottles remain, so grab them while you can. 

This month, the second release results from a relationship with a new local San Diego County farm called Dickinson Family Farms in Fallbrook. The first three fruit we acquired from them were Persimmons, Guavas, and Meyer Lemons, so we decided, along with some of the fresh OB Passion Fruit, we would make a fruit salad, and the result was magical. The citrus blends perfectly with the tropical flavors of the Passion Fruit and guava with the rich, sweet, almost honey-like flavor of the persimmon rounding the whole mix out and adding body. This combo was a true treat that we will keep in our back pocket for next year.

Only 70 of these bottles are around, so don’t miss out.

Dark Sour Night - California Wild Ales - San Diego Beer Week

Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Night!

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Dark Sours are Flowing at CWA!

It’s happening today, November 13th! Join us as we tap two of our Barrel-Aged Dark Sours. This will be the first time we have shared our dark sours with anyone outside our bottle club. So if you love dark sour beer and a funky good time, then this is the perfect day for you to visit California Wild Ales.

Our Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour is aged for 12 months in a freshly emptied Bourbon Barrel. We then transferred this glorious liquid into a freshly emptied Maple Bourbon Barrel that previously held Modern Times Monster’s Park. We then gave it an additional six months of rest. The various spirit barrels bring a new life to this beer. As this beer conditions for months, it incorporates some of the bourbon and stout characteristics. Dominated by dark fruit aromas and flavors, the underlying chocolate notes give this way to a tart berry finish.

Next up is our Winner Winner Liquid Dinner! Again, we took our Dark Sour and aged it in freshly emptied Bourbon Barrels for 12 months. We then rested this splendid sour liquid on fresh California Cherries for an additional three months. Flavors of tart cherry, oak, and roastiness undeniably meld together with a punch of sour goodness.  

Open today at noon. So come on in, and let’s get the weekend started in style,

This is going to be an excellent introduction to dark sours. Please join us at either our Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to experience our very first Dark Sour Night.

Lineup for SD Beer Week

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!